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Contact: Peter Horvath
Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc.
Quality Chekd Names Umpqua Dairy Winner of Production Excellence Awards in Cultured and Ice Cream Categories.
Umpqua also Wins Best of Show for Sour Cream.
LISLE, Illinois (May 4, 2015) — At their annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV, Quality Chekd Dairies announced Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. of Roseburg, Oregon as the recipient of the 2015 Production Excellence Award in BOTH the Cultured Products and Ice Cream Categories. Each award is given for the ‘Best Single Production Plant’ within the Quality Chekd membership.
John Harvey, Plant Manager of Umpqua Dairy said, “It is an honor to be named this year’s winner for two Production Excellence Awards. Our team is committed to delivering only the highest quality products, and to be recognized nationally simply confirms for everyone here that their efforts make a difference. We could not be prouder to win this award, and will use it as inspiration to elevate our commitment to quality each and every day.”
The selection criteria for Production Excellence Award finalists includes a plant audit and evaluation of all plant processes and systems for assuring product quality and food safety. Monthly, laboratory product test scores. Umpqua’s facility earned the highest scores among member facilities for best overall production results and total quality at a single plant location.
“The race for the Production Excellence Awards are among the most competitive, as every member’s facility is driven to attaining and preserving top quality standards,” says Peter Horvath, President of Quality Chekd. “These awards identify superior production excellence, and this year Umpqua Dairy of Roseburg, OR, was tops in the class.”
This year’s finalists for the Production Excellence Award-Cultured Products Category also included Quality Chekd members, Prairie Farms (Quincy, IL) and Hiland Dairy Foods Company (Norman, OK). The Production Excellence Award-Ice Cream Category finalists also included Quality Chekd members, Lochmead Dairy (Junction City, OR) and Hiland Dairy Foods Company (Norfolk, NE).
And last, but not least, Umpqua Dairy Sour Cream was selected by an independent panel of judges and deemed as the “National Best of Show” from all the submitted entries with in the Quality Chekd membership.
Quality Chekd, is a member-owned organization of independent dairy processors located throughout the United States, Columbia, Guatemala and Mexico. They presented the Production Excellence and Judging Awards at its 2015 QCS Leadership Conference held April 19-21 at the Red Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.